After weeks of speculation the Baltimore Orioles finally signed free agent pitcher Yovani Gallardo to a three-year, $35 million contract, eliminating one of the final three free agents on the market who turned down a qualifying offer from his former club. Gallardo will be paid $9 million in 2016, $11 million in 2017, $13 million in 2018, and gets a club option in 2019 worth $13 million with a $2 million buyout.

Gallardo will replace Wei-Yin Chen in a Baltimore rotation that was among the worst in baseball last season. Ubaldo Jimenez was the defacto leader of the staff with a 4.11 ERA, while Miguel Gonzalez and Chris Tillman had ERA’s that were barely under 5.00. About to turn 30 this month, Gallardo had a bounce back season pitching with Texas, as he went 13-11 with a 3.42 ERA and 121 strikeouts in 184.1 innings. While his velocity has decreased in recent years, he is an experienced pitcher who has spent his career pitching in ballparks that favor the hitter in Milwaukee’s Miller Park and Texas’ Globe Life Park, making him somewhat of a perfect fit in Baltimore’s Camden Yards.

This may not be it for the Orioles offseason moves, even with pitchers and catchers already reporting for spring training. The club is said to be in negotiations with former Cubs outfielder Dexter Fowler, who also turned down the qualifying offer at the beginning of the season, and has seen his market greatly reduce as a result. MASNsports is reporting that they are discussing a two-year, $24 million contract with an option, but given that it took Gallardo two weeks to sign after the two sides were first reportedly talking, it is entirely possible the Orioles take their time getting this deal done too. Baltimore will lose its first round draft pick to sign Gallardo, and would forfeit their second round pick if they sign Fowler.

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